Before leaving the hospital, my nurse Rosemary instructed us to change the dressings on my two incisions (neck and hip) daily. We were to clean the areas around the incisions and examine them for any weird discharge. I am forever grateful to my mom for being my home nurse who had to deal with this.
My wounds remained very clean. So much so that my mom and I changed the dressings only every other day. Hehe.
Both my mom and I honestly couldn’t remember if I could shower neck down after a few days of having a clean hip incision (no discharge on the dressing). My nurse said that we had to be sure that the wound was entirely closed because any water getting inside may infect it. I just decided to leave it as is and wait the three weeks until my follow-up with my neurosurgeon. Until then I just wiped my upper body with wet, soapy towels and/or showered it carefully (with a removable showerhead) so that the dressing wouldn’t get wet. Come on, I survived wiping my entire upper body with BABY WIPES for 14 weeks in the halo. (Even the very thought of it makes me shudder.) I thought I could surely handle this inconvenience.
My incisions today: